15 FAM 630


(CT:OBO-59;   04-13-2017)
(Office of Origin:  OBO)


(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

The chief of mission (COM), or the single real property manager (SRPM) as the COM’s designee, is responsible for ensuring that the preventive, routine, and special maintenance programs are implemented and that all properties occupied by employees serving under the COM are free of hazardous conditions that could affect the health or safety of people.  For U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) property, the USAID executive officer is responsible for establishing and implementing preventive, routine, and special maintenance programs.


15 FAM 632.1  U.S. Government Responsibilities

15 FAM 632.1-1  U.S. Government-Owned/Capital Lease (GO/CL) Nonresidential and Residential Properties

(CT:OBO-47;   12-24-2014)

The U.S. Government is primarily responsible for maintenance and repair of U.S. Government-owned/capital lease (GO/CL) real property.  Funding responsibilities for the following items are in 15 FAM 620 (Definitions and Funding Guidance), 15 FAM 640 (Approvals Required for Repairs and Improvements), and 15 FAM 120 (Building Operating Expenses):

(1)  Clean, service, repair, and restore plumbing systems, swimming pools, electrical and mechanical systems, heating and air-conditioning systems, and other major building systems (e.g., elevators, fire protection systems);

(2)  Maintain interiors and exteriors of buildings and structures, including painting, patching, replacing windows, caulking, etc.;

(3)  Perform repairs required due to reasonable wear and tear;

(4)  Perform repairs of damage to residential property except for occupant responsibilities (see 15 FAM 632.2-2, paragraph b); and

(5)  Clean and air vacant residential units and keep their exterior grounds in readiness for future occupancy.

15 FAM 632.1-2  Operating Lease Nonresidential and Residential Properties

(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

The single real property manager (SRPM) is responsible for ensuring lessor and U.S. Government compliance with custodial, maintenance, and repair provisions of lease terms, excluding private leases under living quarters allowance/overseas housing allowance programs (LQA/OHA).  Operating leases must include maintenance requirements as the landlord’s responsibility, unless an exception has been approved by OBO.  The USAID executive officer is responsible for USAID property.

15 FAM 632.2  Occupant Responsibilities

15 FAM 632.2-1  U.S. Government-Owned or Leased Nonresidential Properties

(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

Agencies occupying U.S. Government-held nonresidential space are responsible for following good housekeeping practices and for notifying the SRPM of needed repairs, maintenance, and service.  For leased properties, the post contracting officer is responsible for coordination with the landlord.

15 FAM 632.2-2  U.S. Government-Owned or Leased Residences

(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

a. Occupants of U.S. Government-held residences are responsible for maintaining them in presentable condition and returning them to the U.S. Government in clean and habitable condition.  Posts must issue, as part of the post housing guide, uniform rules detailing these responsibilities.  The responsibilities should conform to what is normally expected of an occupant who leases residential quarters in the United States.  Posts should prepare a written statement of employee responsibilities to be signed upon occupancy (see also 15 FAM 247).

b. Occupants are responsible for activities such as light bulb replacement, routine daily user care of swimming pools (chemicals, water PH (percentage of hydrogen), cleaning, filling, etc.), seasonal care of walks and driveways (e.g., snow removal), and periodic cleaning of window air-conditioning filters, and appliances (e.g., refrigerators, freezers, ranges).  Occupants are responsible for repairs required by deliberate acts or by the negligence of the occupant, family, guests, employees, or other members of the employee’s household (see 15 FAM 240).  See 15 FAM 632.3 for grounds care responsibilities.

15 FAM 632.3  Grounds Maintenance Responsibilities and Funding

15 FAM 632.3-1  U.S. Government Responsibilities

(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

a. Full grounds care services for the periodic and seasonal care of lawns, swimming pools, gardens, walks, driveways, and grounds for nonresidential buildings and common-use areas of residential apartment buildings, whether U.S. Government-owned or leased, are funded as specified below:

(1)  Nonresidential buildings and common-use areas of residential apartment buildings occupied by multiple agencies are funded by post-held International Cooperative Administrative Support Services (ICASS) funds;

(2)  Nonresidential buildings and common-use areas of residential apartment buildings occupied solely by the Department of State are funded by post-held Diplomatic and Consular Programs (D&CP) funds;

(3)  Nonresidential buildings and common-use areas of residential apartment buildings occupied solely by a foreign affairs agency are funded by the occupying agency; and

(4)  USAID funds costs related to USAID properties, except when other agencies occupy USAID properties and seek guidance regarding swimming pools from USAID/W (M/MS/OMD).

b. Full grounds care for residences are funded as follows:

(1)  Residences occupied by the chief of mission (COM), deputy chief of mission (DCM), principal officer (PO) of constituent posts, U.S. representative to an international organization abroad (when PO), and Marine security guards are funded by post-held D&CP funds; and

(2)  Residences occupied by the senior representatives of the foreign affairs agencies (USAID, Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) and U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service (US&FCS)) and the Defense Intelligence Agency Defense attaché (DIA-DATT) are specifically approved and funded by the parent agency.

15 FAM 632.3-2  Non-Senior Representative Occupant Responsibilities

(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

The occupant is responsible for periodic and seasonal care of lawns, gardens, and open space up to 720 square meters (8,000 square feet) for single family dwellings and 1,440 (720 per residential unit) square meters (16,000 square feet) for duplexes (exclusive of walks, driveways, and areas covered by buildings or structures).  The SRPM may approve payment for the periodic and seasonal care of grounds of U.S. Government-held single family or duplex residential property in excess of 720 or 1,440 square meters, respectively, exclusive of walks, driveways, and areas covered by buildings or structures.  If approved, the additional cost for residences is funded by the agency or agencies occupying the residence(s).

15 FAM 632.4  Maintenance Responsibility for Marine Security Guard (MSG) Residences

(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

a. The Marine security guard (MSG) detachment is a unique component of a post, with equally unique housing requirements.  Recognizing the important role of the MSG detachment and their irregular hours, the Department of State assumes responsibility for most custodial and maintenance and repair activities for MSG residences that are not otherwise covered in lease agreements, including:

(1)  Cleaning and servicing heating and air-conditioning systems;

(2)  Performing repairs due to normal wear and tear;

(3)  Performing repairs of damage not attributed to the negligence or deliberate acts of the occupants;

(4)  Performing other customary maintenance and repair services at post for U.S. Government-owned/capital lease (GO/CL) property; and

(5)  Performing yard work and seasonal care of walks, driveways, and swimming pools.

b. The Marine security guard detachment is responsible for daily housekeeping and maintenance of residences.  Occupants may, at their expense, repaint and otherwise decorate individual bedrooms with the concurrence of the SRPM and the detachment commander.  The occupant must restore his or her residences to original condition upon vacancy.

c.  DOS provides, with reimbursement from USMC, for all routine maintenance not covered in the lease agreement for all MSG operating leases.  This funding should be requested from the Office of Facility Management, in the Directorate for Construction, Facility and Security Management, in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO/CFSM/FAC) under function code 7907.  Building Operating Expenses (BOE) (as defined in 15 FAM 121 Definitions), for U.S. Government-owned and capital lease residences occupied by MSG personnel, are charged to post-held D&CP funds with the exception of those areas specifically identified on the Funding Support Matrix (e.g., utilities, household cleaning supplies, paper products, pest control).  Routine maintenance and repair of U.S. Government-owned and capital lease residences occupied by MSG personnel are charged to OBO function code 7901.3.


(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

Posts are responsible for elevator safety inspections, following the procedures in 15 FAM 660.


15 FAM 634.1  Policy

(CT:OBO-37;   12-05-2013)

Air-conditioning units may be provided when the SRPM and the interagency housing board (IAHB) determine they are necessary, funds are available, and occupying agency approval has been secured.

15 FAM 634.2  Funding

(CT:OBO-44;   04-21-2014)

a. Units 36,000 BTUs and greater:  OBO funds units for U.S. Government-owned or leased nonresidential and residential properties from repair and improvement (R&I) funds.  Submit requests to the Office of Area Management, in the Directorate for Operations, in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO/OPS/AM) for approval in accordance with 15 FAM 640.  Units for operating lease (OL) facilities are generally the responsibility of the landlord (see 15 FAM 632.1-2).

b. Units smaller than 36,000 BTUs:  Each agency is responsible for funding the requirements of its personnel either directly or through an ICASS appliance pool.  The requirements of Department of State personnel are funded by post-held D&CP funds and ICASS personnel by ICASS funds.  (See 6 FAH-5, ICASS Handbook.)

15 FAM 635  Emergency Generators, Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS), vOLTAGE rEGULATORS, AND eLECTRICAL tRANSFORMERS

15 FAM 635.1  Emergency Generators

15 FAM 635.1-1  Policy

(CT:OBO-59;   04-13-2017)

OBO/CFSM/FAC supports critical power needs for all Department of State facilities abroad, including funding, equipment, and technical and systems maintenance assistance.  Diesel engine generators support mission-critical systems and facility-security systems, enabling post electrical loads to operate when city power supply is unreliable or fails.  Funding availability generally does not allow for immediate implementation of post requests.  Requests for program support are evaluated and ranked by OBO/CFSM/FAC based on the condition of city power supply and post’s assessment of the physical security implications of unreliable power equipment, including generators.  Implementation may be phased over multiple fiscal years.  OBO/CFSM/FAC may undertake generator projects or allot funds to post for this purpose (see 15 FAM 645.3).  Analytical and lab services for generator fluids, including engine oil, also will be funded by OBO/CFSM/FAC in response to post requests for support and program equipment reliability testing.

15 FAM 635.1-2  Funding and Approval

(CT:OBO-48;   01-22-2015)

a. Department of State:  OBO/CFSM/FAC funds the purchase of equipment, its installation, major equipment overhauls, and replacement for Department of State-held, U.S. Government-owned/capital lease (GO/CL) or Department of State-occupied operating lease property.  Post D&CP, ICASS, or occupying agency funds must be used for spare parts, and operating expenses such as fuel and filters.  Preventive maintenance contracts are Building Maintenance Expenses funded in accordance with 15 FAM 623.  Requests for generators are to be submitted to OBO in accordance with 15 FAM 645.3.

b. USAID:  Generator purchases may be authorized by the mission director; no prior USAID/W approval is required.

15 FAM 635.2  Uninterruptible Power Systems (UPS)

(CT:OBO-44;   04-21-2014)

a. Department of State:  OBO/CFSM/FAC is responsible for providing uninterruptible power systems (UPS) equipment when conditions at a post make it necessary to support sensitive mission-critical equipment.  UPS equipment provides a highly stable, no-break source of power for a short period immediately after the main power source fails.  Only sensitive mission-critical equipment generally requires connection to UPS.  Loads more commonly suffer from voltage fluctuations from the nominal values expected from the host-country city power supply (see 15 FAM 635.3 for voltage regulator equipment).  Costly UPS equipment requires that posts have maintenance capabilities consistent with those of the United States.  Users must demonstrate that power supplies and specific loads with low power quality tolerance cannot operate without UPS power.  UPS procurement or installation may not take place without OBO/CFSM/FAC approval (see 15 FAM 645.3).

b. USAID:  The mission director may authorize UPS purchases without prior USAID/W approval.

15 FAM 635.3  Electrical Power Transformers, Switchgear, Switchboards, Voltage Regulators, Power Quality and Protection Equipment, and Electric Distribution Panel Boards

(CT:OBO-55;   12-22-2016)

a. To sustain reliable post operations, OBO/CFSM/FAC provides technical assessment, analysis, and engineering support for modification and replacement of main electrical utility equipment that includes, but is not limited to, main electrical power transformers, switchgear, switchboards, power plant transfer schemes, voltage regulators, power quality and protection equipment, and electric distribution panel boards.

b. After determination that the local power supply is inadequate for post operations, OBO provides equipment at nonresidential properties to control and regulate the power supply so that voltage is compatible with post-selected loads.  Posts should contact OBO/CFSM/FAC for guidance and support.  See 15 FAM 645.3.

c.  OBO does not fund residential voltage regulators.  Posts should contact OBO/CFSM/FAC for guidance and support for selecting voltage regulator equipment for any type of facility, including residential properties.  See 15 FAM 645.3.

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